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The Insider: Dublin Simon Community’s first-ever Grand Canal Walk

RTE news anchor Sharon Ni Bheolain yesterday teamed up with rambler and travel writer John Mulligan to officially launch the Dublin Simon Community's first-ever Grand Canal Walk.

The Montrose beauty was at the Grand Canal Lock at Baggot Street Bridge to publicise the event.

The walk will take place from Thursday April 29 until Monday, May 2, and will kick off in Ringsend, Dublin, walking through the midlands to end at Shannon Harbour in Co Offaly.

FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern had plenty to celebrate last weekend after winning big on his namesake racehorse Bertie's Dream at the Cheltenham Festival.

The proud grandad had been away in France enjoying a break with his extended family, when he got a call asking him if the horse, which won Friday's Albert Bartlett race at odds of 33/1, was named after him.

The plucky Drumcondra native admitted that he had no connection with the horse, but decided to put a few bob on him nonetheless, winning big when his luck came in.

CORRIE stunner Alison King, better known as factory boss Carla Connor, will jet into town on Friday to officially draw the golden ticket winner of the brand new 2010 Registration Mantra Mini at Mantra Garden Bar and Club in Maynooth.

The Coronation Street star will be on hand for the final draw, which takes place in the club at 10.30pm.

Anyone who purchased a drink at the club between 10pm and midnight in recent weeks was automatically entered into a draw for the event.

EXCITEMENT is building ahead of this year's Electric Picnic, which will take place on September 3, 4 and 5, after details were unveiled today.

A number of media insiders were invited to the POD complex on Harcourt Street this afternoon for the big reveal. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 26 at 9am and are expected to sell out fast.

wwwA host of big name music artists stepped out in Cork today to promote this year's Live At The Marquee Cork event 2010.

A number of guests were invited to attend a press conference at the Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Lapps Quay, Cork, this morning, where several of those who will take to the stage at this year's musical festival were present.